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Exclusive: U.S. pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist - financing watchlist

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:12

By Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with Islamist militants, and last month President Donald Trump's administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.


Let us remember how very bad presidential portraits were until the Obamas

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:47

The Obamas presidential portraits just came out, and they are amazing. SEE ALSO: The internet is enthralled by the Obamas' official portraits I want a print of each one for my home. Everyone wants a print of each one for their home. Barack Obama's portrait should be every album cover from now on. The Obamas portraits are made even better by the fact that until them, presidential portraits were either the most boring or the strangest creations of all time, and nothing in between. If I weren't from America and looked at these presidential portraits without knowing anything else, I would think it was a list of potential actors to be cast as the lead of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. So let us take a trip down memory lane at how presidential portraits past were simply nothing until the Obamas came along. George W. Bush Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionAh yes, George W. Bush. There he is. There he is looking like a tall Bilbo Baggins after he finished "There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale." The only thing helping this photo is the fact that there is at least a vase of flowers in the background. Otherwise, very boring portrait that looks like it was taking from my living room, as if I'm on the other side of that couch watching HGTV. And it's George W. Bush, renowned artist. They couldn't have let him paint his own portrait? John F. Kennedy Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionTo this I must say, what the hell. I mean, the guy was shot two years into his presidency and you memorialize him with this? This is an insult! It's as if he died and no one could remember what he looked like so they had a fourth grader who met him once scribble down their best effort. It's as if he testified in court but the courtroom sketch artist didn't have enough time so they just tried their best. If I were there when this portrait was unveiled, I would say "Ah yes, I can't wait to remember JFK as someone with a hamburger bun for hair and literally no feet." A stylistic choice perhaps, but whose? JFK's middle school bully? Didn't Jackie go through enough? Lyndon B. Johnson Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionAh yes, a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson who historically walked to work every morning with one book in his hand, I guess. He looks like he's playing hooky but since he's not rebellious at heart is just going to take his homework to a Barnes & Noble and get work done there. This is one of the better portraits, but still. What's going on here? Harry S. Truman Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionI will say things got a little more exciting with Harry S. Truman, which is odd because his portrait was before all of these other presidents, so why didn't they follow his lead. Truman looks like he was placed in an enchanted forest just outside of Washington D.C. and handed some papers that look like they're right out of Harry Potter. But seriously? Three blank papers? I'm assuming they illustrate the fact that, as president, one must sign things?  Abraham Lincoln Image: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian InstitutionThis just looks like no one would let Lincoln use the bathroom until they were finished. All I can say is, thank God for Obama, who will now be remembered as someone who always shoved a chair into a wall of bushes to watch cars pass by the White House, and looked great while doing it. WATCH: Trump threw shade at Obama during his first Thanksgiving turkey pardon


Bill Gates Warns Tech Giants: Tone It Down -- Or Get Regulated

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:41

From: Bill Gates Memo: Dial back the Silicon Valley hubris, or the government will do it for you.


Pennsylvania Governor Rejects GOP Proposal For New Congressional Map

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:03

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) rejected top Republicans’ proposal for a new congressional map in his state Tuesday, saying the plan continued to be an unacceptable partisan gerrymander.


Mother sobs in court while testifying about 8-year-old daughter's rape and murder

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:40

The mother of a young girl who was abducted by a man posing as a good Samaritan in 2013 sobbed in court as she faced her daughter's accused killer.


Teen Said He Killed His Father, Kissed His Bunny, Then Shot Up a Playground

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:47

The teen is charged with killing his dad and a first-grader


Catholic School Fired Gay Teacher Because She Got Married, Church Says

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:41

"They treated her like a criminal"


US judge awards $6.75 mn in damages to graffiti artists

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:06

In a landmark ruling that graffiti art should be protected by US federal law, a New York judge has awarded $6.75 million in damages to 21 artists whose work was whitewashed by a developer in 2013. In a written decision filed Monday, Judge Frederic Block awarded the maximum possible amount of statutory damages, $150,000 for each of 45 works obliterated at the 5Pointz site in Queens.


Tillerson calls on allies to focus on fighting IS

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:00

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged allies Tuesday to stay focused on fighting the Islamic State group, saying Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria had "detracted" from the anti-jihadist battle. Tillerson spoke at a ministerial meeting in Kuwait of the US-led military coalition that has been fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, being held in parallel with a conference on reconstruction in Iraq.


'Roseanne' star on how the show's set really 'felt like home'

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:36

Michael Fishman, who played D.J. Conner, said, "We've always kind of taken naps on that couch."


Lions Reportedly Ate a Suspected Poacher

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:05

The lions left just the head


Facebook Messenger's latest update unlocks never-before-seen features for one group of people this Valentine's Day

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:00

Millennials often take flak for not being able to accurately or openly express themselves, especially when it comes to romantic endeavors and relationships.


Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:27

DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will face "more surprises" should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria's air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years. The F-16 jet was hit over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for launching an Iranian-made drone across the border. Iran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.


Lions Kill And Eat Suspected Poacher

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:03

A suspected poacher was found dead last week after being killed and partially eaten by lions, according to reports out of South Africa.


Chloe Kim’s Dad Celebrates The ‘American Dream’ After 17-Year-Old’s Gold Medal Win

Top Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:58

The father of U.S. snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim had a message for reporters after her spectacular Olympic gold medal win on Tuesday.


South Africa's Ruling Party Has Given President Jacob Zuma 48-Hours to Resign

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:56

Zuma has refused repeated calls to relinquish the presidency amid mounting graft scandals


Deportation stayed for dad of sick boy who sought sanctuary

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:51

PHOENIX (AP) — An immigrant man with five children and a pregnant wife said Monday he was granted a last-minute stay of deportation after he sought sanctuary in a church saying he needed to remain in the United States to support his family, including a 5-year-old son with leukemia.


Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups: U.S. Senate report

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:28

Five opioid manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the painkillers, a U.S. Senate report said on Monday. The report, released by Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, said groups who received the donations aligned themselves with industry goals and may have played a role in an epidemic that in 2016 led to 42,000 opioid overdose deaths. The report released by McCaskill, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's ranking Democrat, said the groups issued guidance promoting opioids for chronic pain and lobbied against laws to curb their use.


2 Baltimore detectives convicted of racketeering, robbery

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:50

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore police detectives were convicted of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy Monday in a trial that's part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city's beleaguered police force.


In Rob Porter Case, Trump Sends A Message: We Will Protect Powerful Alleged Abusers

Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:16

WASHINGTON ― Domestic abuse victims often worry their experiences won’t be taken as seriously if the offender is powerful or well-liked professionally.


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